The Obsessive and Meticulous Tape Art of Sarah DiNardo
Artist Sarah DiNardo has a very unusual and very specific approach to her pieces: she constructs small, circular patterns by meticulously and obsessively rolling bits of tape.
I love when people find a particular thing they’re into, and just go nuts with it. I’m reminded of this fantastic quotation from Teller:
(By the way, “The Honor System” is a fantastic article, and very much worth the read).
I liked this profile of DiNardo (though the floating scene at 2:35 seemed unnecessary, and a little much for me). Overall, it’s just a cool glimpse at someone who’s found this odd thing they’re really into, and converted obsession into production.
When I was in high school, I used to make these odd, elaborate doodles. I’d take a large piece of paper, and just start drawing curved lines, from one side to the next. I’d keep doing this until a large area was criss-crossed with a web of lines.
I forget the exact brand of pen that I used, but I’m pretty sure it was a Pilot rolling ball – the ones that had a rectangular window on the side, so you could see the remaining ink sloshing around inside.
And the pens I had were always blue.
So with this mesh of lines, I’d slowly fill in the spaces in between – trying as best as I could to alternate – always have one area filled in, bounded by another around that was blank. It made for some very interesting (albeit abstract) patterns.
I did this a lot in high school – not because I was high, but because I was just bored. In seeing DiNardo’s profile now, it makes me wonder what might have happened if I would have kept at it – slowly and methodically filling in page after page of meshed patterns. Thinking about it now, I kind of want to go back and give this another try – to see if I’d find it tedious and boring, or if it might elicit the same kind of meditative zoning-out it used to provide, back in Geometry class.
// Edit: Also, I’m curious how my friends Jane and Bryan might react to this video. I know both of them share a similar and severe dislike of circles grouped together… but don’t know if this kind of thing counts or not. I’m guessing neither one would like this tape stuff very much.